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Waukegan and Lake County Illinois rental programs.

Agencies across Lake County can be turned to in your time of need. A number of emergency rent and housing programs may be able to offer cash grants, financial assistance or short term loans for low income people. The financial aid from churches, charities, or the government is for families or individuals who are in the process of obtaining rental housing or apartments in the greater Lake County Illinois region.

Financial help is focused on those families and individuals who can handle the monthly rental payments on their own over the long term. However maybe these individuals need a little short term financial help in order to pay the security deposits or first month's rent. An applicant may have an unexpected emergency or bill or some form of cash flow issue that impacts them from paying their rent. Sometimes the landlord may request the last month's rent in advance, and these programs may be able to help with that too.

The county, working with these agencies, may be able to provide assistance for qualified people that are in the process of being evicted. It doesn’t matter whether they are being evicted for valid reason, or wrongfully, but agencies may be able to help in either case. A host of programs attempt to prevent possible homelessness and eviction by providing landlord/tenant mediation services, including legal advice. The goal is to negotiate a compromise between a landlord and the individual.

In addition to preventing an eviction, a number of shelter and transitional housing resources are offered. Services can provide homeless people with a short term, temporary place to stay. They may distribute vouchers for paying for motels or hotels too. Assistance is usually offered for a short period of time, which is usually less than one week. Homeless may also be able to eventually qualify for rental subsidies, security deposits, hotel vouchers, emergency food and clothing, and other aid as part of case management and social services.

Catholic Charities / HP - DCEO
Address is 671 S. Lewis Ave
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Telephone number - (847) 782-4000
Administers programs that may make emergency rental payments for people who are at risk of eviction and homelessness without assistance. The various rent payment and assistance programs run by this non-profit charity may have income, age, disability, need or various other eligibility requirements. One of the nations leading charity organizations.




Lake County Planning, Building & Development Department Community Development Division runs the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Address is Waukegan, Illinois 60085, call (847) 377-2139.

Fair Housing Center of Lake County works with Prairie State Legal Services. Together they may have free legal aid and support for preventing evictions. Or get referrals to rental and housing programs, including E.F.S.P. Call the Waukegan non-profit at (224) 321-5630.

Salvation Army of Waukegan is located at 850 S. Green Bay Rd. Shelters, referrals to financial aid (including funds for rent), and more is available. Telephone: 847-336-1880. There are also other locations, and more on Salvation Army rent help in Lake County.

Lake County Haven is an agency that has a shelter only. The only services available are the Transitional Shelter and Housing Program for homeless women. Call (847) 680-5408 for details.

Lake County Townships - They focus only on residents in the town. The general assistance programs may offer government grants to pay rent, utility bills, or mortgages. Each town has their own regulations in place, but they can often assist with security deposit or rent on housing, auto repair, health and medication needs, and other bills. Transitional housing programs are administered as well. The Fremont Township is (847) 223-2847, Antioch dial (847) 395-3378, or try another municipality.

Local Lake County townships - Residents can call their local town office for emergency help. A goal is to prevent homelessness and evictions. Towns may offer loans or grants to pay back rent or a mortgage. Or get heating bill help, placement into a homeless shelter, or other rental and/or housing assistance.

  • Warren - 17801 West Washington Street, Gurnee, IL 60031, (847) 244-1101 x103
  • Libertyville - 359 Merrill Court, Libertyville, Illinois 60048, phone (847) 816-6800
  • Shields - 906 West Muir Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 60044. Dial (847) 234-0802
  • Other towns also help. Call the government where the tenant or homeless person lives.





Lake County Housing Authority
Location is 33928 N. Rte. 45
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
(847) 223-1170
They operate various low income housing assistance programs. There are section 8 HUD vouchers, rent subsidized homes or apartments, public housing units, and other resources. The main clients are families in poverty, senior citizens and the disabled in Lake County, who often get housing choice vouchers and/or rent help.

Community Action Partnership of Lake County may have occasional rent or housing grants from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Other aid may be loans for paying rent, referrals, and government benefits such as HUD vouchers from section 8. (847) 249-4330.

Eviction help and rapid rehousing is available using federal government grants. Funds may help pay back rent or a security deposit. Utility costs (such as heating bills) can also be covered in Lake County Illinois. The LCCH coalition is closely involved in offering rent and legal help as part of this process, and more on Lake County homeless prevention.

Maristella – Runs housing and programs strictly for women and children. 1600 W. Park Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048, call (847) 367-5360. Other services include Housing Counseling, Money Management, Homeless Motel Vouchers, and Rental Deposit Assistance. A second office is located at 745 North Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, Illinois 60048, call (847) 367-5360.

Lake County VAC - Veterans Assistance Commission
Office address is 501 North Riverside Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031
They only help veterans and/or immediate family members. Call 847-377-3344
The government office provides emergency or long term financial help to veterans. Get grants to help pay rent, storage costs, moving expenses, mortgages, security deposits, energy bills and/or other housing costs. Free furniture, food, and other resources too.

Zion Township / Emergency Assistance – People faced with a crisis in this town may be able to receive a limited amount of rental assistance, if they meet stringent criteria. Address of the town office that runs emergency assistance is 1015 27th Street, Zion, Illinois 60099, telephone (847) 872-2811. A general assistance program is offered too, as well as referrals and other aid.

Barrington Area Council on Aging can offer housing and rent solutions for seniors and the elderly. 6000 Garland Lane, Barrington, IL 60010, dial (847) 381-5030





Prairie State Legal Services – Offers legal aid to help tenant deal with evictions, learn rights on unsafe housing conditions, and similar support. Waukegan, Illinois 60085, call (815) 206-5828. Can help people navigate the various federal and state of Illinois public assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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